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#1

I see this event is back.

http://www.artoneillchallenge.com/

The reviews from the 2009, which raised money for Stuart Mangan, were fantastic.

55km from Dublin Castle to Glenmalure, leaving at midnight and follows Art O Neill and Red Hugh O Donnell's escape route in 1592.

Should be spectacular

Wonkagirl Registered User
#2

Looks good- that would be right up my alley- who is it in aid of this year?

RacoonQueen Moderator
#3

I'm almost definitely doing this. Couple of others on here were talking about it too.

Wonkagirl Registered User
#4

RacoonQueen said:
I'm almost definitely doing this. Couple of others on here were talking about it too.


Is it just a hike, or is it multi discipline (assume the former given the time of day)?

There's very scant details on the site, and the 'Register now' just brings you to the mycharity homepage. So it's safe to assume it's in aid of a charity, but it doesnt say which one

Definitely sounds like something i'd be into one way or another though, i did a few night hikes in nepal and NZ and it's a great buzz

Aimman Registered User
#5

I'm thinking about this too. There is a mention on the site abit running it.

In the 'route' tab is says

It is recommended that both hikers and ultra runners familiarise themselves with the route using maps and the grid references below, before they begin the challenge.

So there must be different options to hike it or run it. Think the hike might be more entertaining and social though, but would be tempted to run it.

Was it cancelled this year because of the snow?

#6

It was a hike/ ultra run.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_kKX_Sb4o4

I think about 10 ran it in 2009 with vast majority walking it. No event was planned for 2010.


Review of the event here.

http://www.stuartmangan.org/smangan/default.asp?contentID=9

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hunnymonster Registered User
#7

We did a hybrid hike/run the year we did it. Ran up the road portion and then joined one of the hiking groups. The hikers set out a couple of hours before the runners. I wasn't at all confident about navigation (as those who watched me circling Dingle on Saturday looking for my car will confirm!) and I didn't think snow covered mountains in the middle of the night were the time to try for the first time so it was great for us.

jeffontour Registered User
#8

I ran it last year, great craic. Although the run out on the road to Kippure is a bit boring the rest certainly makes up for it.

Climbing up the ice covered surface to Art's Cross feeling like I was in Canada or somewhere was one of many highlights for me but the porridge at arts kitchen was THE highlight if pushed to pick just one!

#9

Wow, what an amazing challenge. The race report is brilliant too.
I'd really love to have a go at running it. It'd definitely give me a good reason to stay training through the winter. I'll be keenly awaiting any updates on this one.

Wonkagirl Registered User
#10

I love the idea of a hybrid hike/run.. what a brilliant way to start your new yrs fitness goals!! Will be following updates with great interest..

shipstirrer Registered User
#11

word on the grapevine is that the site will be ready next week and that there is an ultra running race with a hybrid option. The Art Nav Night is a gps training night with a mountain leader, to certify that you can do the art under your own steam, without a guide. Would be a good option for ultra runners who want to go it alone......

GoHardOrGoHome Registered User
#12

shipstirrer said:
word on the grapevine is that the site will be ready next week and that there is an ultra running race with a hybrid option. The Art Nav Night is a gps training night with a mountain leader, to certify that you can do the art under your own steam, without a guide. Would be a good option for ultra runners who want to go it alone......


I heard that you might be able to do it in a team which is less risky than the on-your-own option. I'll be attending the gps training night and hopefully JeffOnTour can show me what it's like to run for hours during the night. Reckon we'd have a similar speed on a race of that distance. 55k with quite a lot of altitude gain is a fairly tough proposition. What time did Enduro do it in last year?

kingQuez Registered User
#13

Anyone got a route map for it? Im curious what the run/hike breakdown would be if you went that route.

jeffontour Registered User
#14

kingQuez said:
Anyone got a route map for it? Im curious what the run/hike breakdown would be if you went that route.


26km on road to Kippure adventure centre place, 30km mostly cross country from there as we went.

See here for Garmin connect link to route.

Took me 9:41, Enduro took a much more direct route and is obviously much quicker so think it took him 6:30 or so(feel free to jump here with a correction Enduro!). We followed the suggested route, there are more direct routes though which I'll be taking in January I think!

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jeffontour Registered User
#15

GoHardOrGoHome said:
JeffOnTour can show me what it's like to run for hours during the night


I'll swap you that for getting me through the kayaking of the Cooley Raid reasonably dry!

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